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Sony CEO Thanks PS3 Fans for a Great 2009, NPD Sales Up 36%

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238w ago - Sony's President & CEO Jack Tretton has thanked PS3 fans today for a great 2009, and stated that today's NPD numbers show a 36% sales increase on PS3 hardware when compared to last January.

To quote: 2009 was a great success for the PlayStation brand in a market that continues to be impacted by a down economy. I wanted to thank you for making this past year the best yet for the PS3.

According to [Register or Login to view links]'s recent [Register or Login to view links], PlayStation was the only company to see consumers in three territories ([Register or Login to view links], US and [Register or Login to view links]) spending 15% more on PS3 software in 2009 than they did in 2008 - this is while the category as a whole experienced a 9% decline in software sales.

The PS3 was also the only console in the U.S. to see double-digit growth in sales this past quarter. December also marked the best sales month in the platform's history, breaking one million hardware units and 7.3 million software units.

We're nowhere near slowing down in the new year as today's NPD numbers show a 36% sales increase on PS3 hardware when compared to last January. This is...
 

VidZone Thanks Sony PS3 Fans for Making it the Biggest and Best

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244w ago - Today VidZone's Head of Production Ben Creasey has extended a warm THANKS to Sony PS3 fans for making the VidZone service the biggest dedicated music video streaming application in the world.

To quote: VidZone is officially the biggest dedicated music video streaming application in the world!! With over 2,000,000 application downloads and 200,000,000 videos streamed so far!!

I think the correct response is "WOW!" (Or other less broadcast-able superlatives)

Because of you, all of us at VidZone enjoy coming to work every day safe in the knowledge that what we are doing is actually being enjoyed by people all around the world (I know it's not available everywhere, but you know we are working on it... Feel free to "WHEN POLAND!!" if you feel the need). Because of this, everyone here would like to say thanks in their own personal way. Please forgive the shocking attempts at humor:

Louisa Jackson - VidZone for PS3 Chief - "Thanks for all the great feedback in 2009. Lots of surprises in stall 2010!

Nemat Abdela - Account Manger - "Merry Xmas to all you fabulous VidZone users. We've got some amazing things in the pipeline in 2010, including more Metal!"

Alex Jakubczyk - Content Manager - "Thank you for...
 

VidZone Live in 18 Countries Less Than 6 Months Since Launch

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247w ago - Today VidZone's Head of Production Ben Creasey has announced on the European PlayStation Blog that VidZone is now live on PS3 in 18 countries- less than 6 months since the June 11th launch.

To quote: Our next stage of world domination is complete! Europe is almost ours, ANZ certainly is! VidZone is now live in the following countries:

JUNE 11 - Australia, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Germany, UK
NOVEMBER 26 - Austria, Netherlands, Portugal
DECEMEBER 3 - Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden
DECEMEBER 10 - Belgium, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Switzerland
2010 - You will have to wait and see!

I know some of you were getting worried we couldn't get it done by the end of the year but (phew) promises kept as usual!

A massive thank you to everyone who helped VidZone launch 18 sites, in 7 languages across 18 countries including SCEE, all our labels, advertisers, translators, the VidZone crew, tea makers, bus drivers... the list goes on!

More than anything THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE VIDZONERS OUT THERE for embracing VidZone and being so enthusiastic about the service- we couldn't have done it without you!

To find out the latest on VidZone, please visit [Register or Login to view links].
 

Sony Sells 440,000 PS3 Slim Systems During Thanksgiving Week

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248w ago - Sony's PlayStation 3 Slim entertainment system seems to be picking up the pace this holiday season, as VentureBeat.com (linked above) reports that 440,000 PS3 consoles were sold during Thanksgiving Week this year.

It appears Sony's Blu-ray Movie, PS3 Slim Bundle and HD Entertainment promotional campaigns are paying off indeed.

To quote from SCEA's Sr. Director of Corporate Communications and Social Media Patrick Seybold:

"The 2009 holiday season got off to an amazing start for PlayStation, with all key retailers showing a significant increase for PS3, PSP and key holiday titles over Black Friday and the holiday weekend.

PlayStation 3 demand was at an all time high with the system selling more than 440,000 units for the week ending 11/29/09."
 

Video: Special Thanksgiving Event in PlayStation Home and More

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250w ago - PlayStation Home Online Community Specialist Locust_Star has shared news today of a special Thanksgiving Event in PlayStation Home and an Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Fortune Hunter Edition contest.

To quote: This Thanksgiving, you'll want to spend every spare moment in the ever-evolving world of PlayStation Home.

Starting this week, a new mini-game will appear in Central Plaza, occupying the space generally reserved for Saucer Pop. This Thanksgiving-themed game will only be live for a limited time and will prove to be one of the most addictive, action-packed, and ridiculously fun activities going on in PlayStation Home.

The premise is simple: in celebration of the impending Turkey Day, users will approach the giant stone turkey in Central Plaza and, of course, pledge their allegiance to the almighty Meleagris Gallopavo by stating "Gobble gobble" and/or other assorted turkey-isms.

If your homage pleases your turkey overlord, you will be given a chance to chase a bunch of wily turkeys around Central Plaza (word to the wise: these turkeys are quite cunning and as such get progressively more difficult to catch as the game goes on, so you'd better bring appropriate footwear).

If you can manage to catch them all, you will unlock some truly hilarious rewards...
 
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